The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) released new boating services and launched new water bus routes in Al Mamzar.
The three electric-powered abras or boats started its service at Al Mamzar Beach. According to the Director of Marine Transport at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, the number of the boats will be increased directly proportional to growth or level of demand for its service.
This action is the broadening of the successful introduction of electric boats at Global Village in 2010 and Downtown Lake last year. The people behind this project are in high hopes that it will become a sure success at the lagoon of Al Mamzar considering it is a popular family destination.
The fare for the ticket varies depending on the length time of travel. For h60, the entire boat can be rented for a single 30-minute journey while Dh120 is required for 60-minute excursion. The service of the 20-seater traditional abra is available at 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm.
The accessible water bus services in Deira Creek and Dubai Marina is undergoing some renovation, RTA has set up new course and has done some modifications to the existing routes.
An additional of two water bus stations on the Creek at Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba have been opened that made it possible to establish a route between Al Ghubaiba, Old Souq and Al Sabkha. The Creek is presently served by one water bus course between Baniyas, Old Souq and Al Seef.
A new route between Marina Mall, Marina Walk and Marina Terrace, and Promenade has been established as modification of the water bus routes in Dubai Marina. RTA recently released one-day water bus passes costing Dh25 which can be used anytime and anywhere by the passengers in Dubai Marina.
RTA also manages the water taxi and ferry aside from the abra and water bus. At present, one ferry route is assigned from Al Ghubaiba to Dubai Marina and by October two more routes are expected to be introduced.